UCC researchers who have won ERC funding totalling €4.75 million: Dr Lijuan Qian, Dr María Aburto and Dr Piotr Kowalski. Photograph: Provision

The Irish Research Council (IRC) has welcomed the announcement that eight researchers based in Ireland have secured European Research Council (ERC) “(...)

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has ruled out a student loan scheme as an option for securing a sustainable funding model for third level. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government is considering a reduction in the €3,000 student contribution charge as part of a new funding package for the third level sector due to(...)

Caption: Artists' impressions of what the new Grangegorman campus for DIT will look like when fully completed.

Ireland will have seen five new universities established between the start of 2019 and the end of 2022. But in a relatively small country that already(...)

‘Europe’s industrial strategy is essentially an innovation strategy,’ says KTI director Alison Campbell

Irish businesses are very fortunate to be in a position to tap into a vibrant publicly-funded innovation ecosystem. Companies that lack the scale to e(...)

The Irish Universities Association – which represents eight of the largest universities – is also calling for an immediate end to ‘distorting’ grade inflation and a return to normal grades patterns. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Universities say timelines for the release of Leaving Cert results are “no longer fit for purpose” and want students to be issued their grades at the (...)

While full-time staff are overwhelmingly white Irish in many higher education institutions, their student bodies are much more diverse. Photograph: iStock

Higher education staff from ethnic minorities are much more likely to earn significantly less and be on precarious contracts compared to others, new r(...)

Students returned to Maynooth University campus recently. Universities say they are under severe financial strain with losses in commercial income set to climb this year.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Universities say they are under severe financial strain with losses in commercial income set to climb to €270 million due to the pandemic. The sector(...)

Not going to third-level isn’t necessarily a bad thing –  there are plenty of options you can explore to help  jump-start your career. Photograph: iStock

In a jobs market where the focus seems to increasingly be on college qualifications, it is no surprise that the number of young people undertaking thi(...)

Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Cloghran, Swords: Higher education sources confirm students will be urged to take up offers of a vaccination to ensure they can enjoy the “full student experience”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Third-level colleges will not require students and staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to access their campuses when they reopen in Septe(...)

Facemasks will be required in indoor on-site shared settings, universities said. Photograph: Getty

Third-level colleges have said they are committed to “maximising” the on-campus experience for students and are now advanced in planning a return to c(...)

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